Joliet II: Tony Pedregon final summary

TONY PEDREGON DRIVES TO SECOND-STRAIGHT FINAL Q Racing Nitro Funny Car On a Role JOLIET, Ill. (Oct. 3, 2005) -- Tony Pedregon and Q Racing Nitro Funny Car were once again on top of its game during this weekend's AmeriQuest Mortgage NHRA ...

TONY PEDREGON DRIVES TO SECOND-STRAIGHT FINAL

Q Racing Nitro Funny Car On a Role

JOLIET, Ill. (Oct. 3, 2005) -- Tony Pedregon and Q Racing Nitro Funny Car were once again on top of its game during this weekend's AmeriQuest Mortgage NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway.

Pedregon, who qualified in the second slot, made his way to final round before falling to Ron Capps in a plume of tire smoke. Despite Capp's winning 4.760/327.82, combination, Pedregon was upbeat about his team's impressive back-to-back performances.

"It was a very good weekend for this race team," Pedregon said. "Sometimes, the higher you go, the tougher you fall. But I don't really feel that way, this team has accomplished a lot in making it to two final rounds in a row.

"We've done this when everyone is peaking as well," Pedregon added. "We won a couple of weeks ago. I feel we earned that one because we did our homework, came up with a game plan and it worked out well. We came in here thinking we improved in some key areas and it showed."

Pedregon's trek to the finals wasn't an easy one either. After knocking out a tire-smoking Tony Bartone in round one, Pedregon flashed the form that led him to the 2003 POWERade Funny Car World Championship by defeating Eric Medlen on a hole shot. Pedregon's .089 to .115 of a second advantage off the starting line and 4.829-second elapsed time was enough to hold off Medlen's quicker 4.807-second pass.

In the semifinals, Pedregon out muscled points leader Gary Scelzi with a 4.770-second lap at 319.90 mph. Scelzi ran a slightly slower 4.772-second elapsed time. Pedregon talked about the team.

"We feed this car the best of everything," Pedregon said. "We have the best Q Racing Oil, the best Snap On Tools and we have really good people on this team. I've always felt that way.

"We're excited and we're starting to see some results," Pedregon continued. "The car is now performing the way we always have believed it should. We're a bona fide player. There's no doubt about that."

-PedregonRacing.com

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Pedregon , Tony Bartone , Ron Capps , Gary Scelzi , Eric Medlen